David Pollack to Return for Senior Season
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Georgia's David Pollack, an All-American defensive end, announced on Monday that he will return for his senior season with the Bulldogs.
"I think I'll take one more year," Pollack said, setting off an eruption of cheers from his teammates.
Pollack said he huddled with family, friends and coaches and prayed during his decision-making process on whether to come back or turn pro a year early. He said the decision came down to finishing what he and his teammates have started.
"We've got a lot of special things going on at Georgia," Pollack said. "We have a lot of talent and we've done a good job the last couple of years. It's up to all of us to keep working hard."
Lifelong friend David Greene said he was happy that Pollack decided to return.
"I can tell he's excited," said the rising senior quarterback who is Pollack's roommate. "I know I'm excited. I obviously wanted him to stay. I'm glad he's going to be around. He's a big part of this team. Playing his senior year and graduating, I think that means a lot to him."
|Teammates cheer as Pollack annnounces his decision to stay at Georgia for his Senior season|
The 6-foot-3, 278-pound Pollack was named First-Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association and Second-Team All-America by The Associated Press after registering 92 tackles, including 7.5 sacks. Pollack also was chosen as the 2003 recipient of the Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award and was named consensus First-Team All-SEC.
By returning next season, Pollack will have a chance to set the school record for career sacks. He will enter the 2004 campaign with 20.5 sacks, fifth on the all-time list and only 8.5 shy of Richard Tardits¹ school record.
"Having him come back means a whole lot," said fellow defensive end Robert Geathers. "He obviously plays real hard and he gives us good leadership."